Portland International Airport

Portland International Airport, also known as PDX, is located in Portland, Oregon, just south of the Columbia River in Multnomah County. It’s a joint commercial and military airport, and it’s the largest in the state. With direct flights to Canada, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, as well as several non-stop connections to airport hubs throughout the United States, PDX carries 90 percent of all passenger air travel and more than 95 percent of air cargo in Oregon.First located on Swan Island, Portland’s airport was built in 1926 and dedicated by Charles Lindbergh, who flew in for the occasion, in 1927. But the island and its airfield were limited in size, and so the current site was selected and purchased in 1936. The unidentified hijacker commonly known as D.B. Cooper parachuted with $200,000 from a Northwest Orient Airlines Flight that departed from Portland International Airport in 1971. (The case remains—tantalizingly—unsolved today.) Though it’s gone through several renovations, PDX still uses a terminal first built in 1959. When a 2014 update replaced a 1987 carpet design, some nostalgic Portland residents began making products that replicated the retro pattern, like socks.The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, or TriMet, runs a MAX Red Line light rail service to the airport, which connects PDX to downtown and beyond, ending in Beaverton. Reflecting the bike friendly city, the Portland airport also provides facilities for travelers who take their bicycles to the airport. A multi-use path connecting to a regional trail system provides a safe path for cyclists to get to and from the airport, secure bicycle parking provides travelers a place to store their bikes while away, and a bike assembly and repair station—complete with bike tools—provides people flying with their bikes a place to assemble or disassemble them before or after flights.

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The Best Domestic Airports in 2016
If you’ve always considered airports a kind of purgatory, you may not have had the pleasure of passing through one of the best in the world. Domestic hubs such as Dallas Love Field and Tampa International have gone to great lengths to disprove the notion that airports are little more than holding cells for travelers in limbo. Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, citiesislandscruise linesspasairlines, and more. Since 2013, we’ve asked  readers to cast their votes for their favorite hubs across the world, rating airports  on access, check-in/security, restaurants/bars, shopping, and design. . For the fourth year in a row, Portland International Airport garnered the No. 1 spot, with a score that has been steadily creeping upward. Even pilots and flight attendants love PDX, calling it “easy to navigate” and an enjoyable place to work. An efficient design that makes the travel process seamless from check-in until boarding is one of the qualities shared by all of our World’s Best airports. Tampa International Airport (TPA), which has been one of the top three domestic airports since 2013, was applauded by readers for its maneuverability. “TPA is easy in, easy out,” said one pleased respondent. “I will pay more for flights here because it is simply easy to navigate.” Another agreed, saying it should be “the model for all U.S. airports.” Of course, there are more reasons to love our country’s best airports. Regional fare from local chefs has made airport dining a pleasure, and with live music all around the airport, Nashville International has made it its mission to prove you can experience Music City before even collecting your baggage from the carousel. Before you book your next flight, consider these top-notch airports as worthwhile stops on your itinerary.